Dealmaster: Take $100 off a new Apple iPad Air

Dealmaster: Take $100 off a new Apple iPad Air

Ars Technica

Time is just about up for online shoppers to get their Christmas gifts shipped in time for the holidays—Prime and other special memberships excluded—but the Dealmaster is still rounding up tech discounts and price drops for anyone wishing to get themselves a present.

Today’s list is headlined by a nice deal on Apple’s iPad Air, the 64GB variant, which is down to $399 at select retailers. For reference, Apple sells it for $499, while Amazon has had it for $469 for much of the past year. While that’s still priced a good ways above the entry-level 10.2-inch iPad—which itself is $80 off as of this writing—those willing to pay extra will get a more well-rounded tablet. Its processor is two generations newer, it has twice as much storage space, its front-facing camera supports 1080p video, it’s thinner, and its display is laminated, anti-reflective in sunlight, and supports a wider color gamut.

If you don’t need a new tablet, we also have deals on Samsung portable SSDs, Google’s Pixel 3a, Xbox and Switch consoles, Apple gift cards, and more. Have a look at the full list below.

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Top 10 deals of the day

Laptop and desktop PC deals

  • Acer Aspire 5 laptop – Intel Core i7-8565U, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD for $499 at Walmart (normally $625).
  • Lenovo ThinkPad T490 laptop – Intel Core i5-8265U, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $674.10 at Lenovo (use code: THINK10 – normally $899.99).
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (7th gen) laptop – Intel Core i5-8265U, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $899.10 at Lenovo (use code: THINK10 – normally $1,399).
  • Lenovo Flex 15 laptop – Intel Core i5-1035G1, 15.6-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $521.99 at Lenovo (use code: FLEXSAVE10 – normally $749.99).
  • HP Spectre x360 13t laptop – Intel Core i5-8265U, 13.3-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $729.99 at HP (normally $899.99).
  • Asus Chromebook C425 laptop – Intel Core m3-8100Y, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 64GB eMMC for $329 at Amazon (normally $389).

How art deco is the world of <em>Outer Worlds</em>? Well, check out those mansard roofs.

Enlarge / How art deco is the world of Outer Worlds? Well, check out those mansard roofs.
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Video game deals

Gaming deals

The front of the 2019 iPad Air.

Enlarge / The front of the 2019 iPad Air.
Samuel Axon

TV and home entertainment deals

Electronics deals

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II.

Enlarge / The Bose QuietComfort 35 II.
Jeff Dunn

Audio deals

Smart home deals

  • Eufy Video Doorbell – 2560×1920 for $125.99 at Amazon (clip $10 coupon – normally $159.99).
  • TP-Link KP200 smart power outlet for $19.99 at Amazon (normally $34.99).
  • TP-Link HS300 smart Wi-Fi power strip – 6-outlet for $59.49 at Amazon (normally $69.99).
  • TP-Link HS100 smart plug for $13.99 at Amazon (normally $16.99).
  • Amazon Echo Show 8 smart display + Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) smart speaker for $79.99 at Amazon (normally $129.99).
  • Amazon Echo Show 5 smart display for $59.99 at Amazon (normally $89.99).
  • Amazon Echo Plus (2nd gen) smart speaker + Philips Hue smart bulb for $99.99 at Amazon (normally $149.99).
  • Google Home Mini (2-pack) smart speaker for $45 at Walmart (normally $59.99).
  • Google Nest Hub smart display + Google Nest Mini smart speaker for $79 at Best Buy and Target (normally $129.99).
  • iRobot Roomba 675 robot vacuum for $199.99 at Amazon (clip $50 coupon – normally $269.99).
  • Eufy RoboVac 30 robot vacuum for $199.99 at Amazon (clip $70 coupon – normally $269.99).
  • Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Hub smart garage door opener for $28.85 at Amazon (normally $44.99).

The Kobo Clara HD.

Enlarge / The Kobo Clara HD.
Valentina Palladino

Accessories and miscellaneous deals

  • $100 Apple iTunes and App Store gift card for $85 at Amazon (use code: ITUNESPROMO – normally $100).
  • Instant Pot Ultra 6qt 10-in-1 electric pressure cooker for $84.99 at Walmart (normally $109.99).
  • Anker PowerPort Strip PD 3 power strip – 3x AC outlet, 2x USB-A, 30W USB-C PD for $26.59 at Amazon (clip 5% coupon – normally $37.99).
  • Anker PowerLine (3ft) USB-A to Lightning cable – MFi certified for $7.02 at Amazon (normally $8.99).
  • Anker PowerPort III Nano USB-C wall charger -18W for $15.99 at Amazon (clip 20% coupon – normally $19.99).
  • Anker Roav SmartCharge F0 Bluetooth car transmitter and charger – 2x USB-A, Bluetooth 4.2 for $11.70 at Amazon (clip 10% coupon – normally $16.99).
  • Anker PowerLine (10ft) USB-A to Lightning cable – MFi certified for $10.19 at Amazon (normally $11.99).
  • Anker PowerLine II (3ft) USB-C to Lightning cable – MFi certified for $11.99 at Amazon (normally $15.99).
  • RavPower RP-PC058 10W Qi wireless charger for $18.99 at Amazon (clip $8 coupon – normally $26.99).
  • Aukey CB-C64 USB-C hub – 4x USB 3.1 Gen 1 for $11.99 at Amazon (normally $14.99).
  • Apple Magic Keyboard wireless keyboard for $99 at Amazon (normally $112).
  • Logitech Crayon stylus for iPad for $49.99 at Amazon (normally $59.99).
  • New users only: Amazon Music Unlimited 4-month membership for $0.99 at Amazon (normally $39.96).
  • New users only: Amazon Audible 3-month membership for $6.95/month at Amazon (normally $14.95/month).

Dealmaster: Last minute gift deals on ThinkPads, Echo devices, and more tech

Dealmaster: Last minute gift deals on ThinkPads, Echo devices, and more tech

Ars Technica

Time is running out to get your online Christmas shopping done, but the Dealmaster is here with another round of tech discounts to help you cross out the last few people on your list. Today’s deal roundup includes a handful of deals on Lenovo’s ThinkPad laptops, including a Core i5 variant of the excellent ThinkPad X1 Carbon available for just under $900. Beyond that, the PS4’s latest blockbuster exclusive, Death Stranding, is down to a new low of $35, Apple’s latest iPad is still at its Black Friday price of $250, and the Roomba 675 is down to a low of $200. There are plenty more deals to peruse besides those, so have a look at the full rundown below.

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Top 10 deals of the day

Laptop and desktop PC deals

  • Lenovo ThinkPad T490 laptop – Intel Core i5-8265U, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $674.10 at Lenovo (use code: THINK10 – normally $899.99).
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (7th gen) laptop – Intel Core i5-8265U, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $899.10 at Lenovo (use code: THINK10 – normally $1,399).
  • Lenovo Flex 15 laptop – Intel Core i5-1035G1, 15.6-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $521.99 at Lenovo (use code: FLEXSAVE10 – normally $749.99).
  • Apple Mac Mini (late 2018) desktop – Intel Core i3-8100B, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD for $679 at B&H (normally $799).
  • Dell XPS Special Edition desktop – Intel Core i7-9700, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD + 2TB HDD, GeForce RTX 2060 for $1,199.99 at Dell (normally $1,599.99).
  • HP Spectre x360 13t laptop – Intel Core i5-8265U, 13.3-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $739.99 at HP (normally $899.99).
  • Asus Chromebook C425 laptop – Intel Core m3-8100Y, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 64GB eMMC for $329 at Amazon (normally $389).
  • Razer Blade 15 gaming laptop – Intel Core i7-9750H, 15.6-inch 1080p 144Hz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, GeForce RTX 2060 for $1,799.99 at Amazon (normally $1,999.99).

Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

Enlarge / Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon.
Valentina Palladino

Video game deals

Gaming deals

<em>Death Stranding</em>'s Sam Porter Bridges is just your average delivery man out to save the post-apocalyptic world.

Enlarge / Death Stranding‘s Sam Porter Bridges is just your average delivery man out to save the post-apocalyptic world.

TV and home entertainment deals

Electronics deals

The Sonos One.

Enlarge / The Sonos One.
Jeff Dunn

Audio deals

Smart home deals

  • Amazon Echo Dot + Amazon Music Unlimited 1-month membership for $10.98 at Amazon ($8.98 for Prime members, requires auto-renewal – normally $48.98).
  • TP-Link KP200 smart power outlet for $19.99 at Amazon (normally $34.99).
  • TP-Link HS300 smart Wi-Fi power strip – 6-outlet for $59.49 at Amazon (normally $69.99).
  • TP-Link HS100 smart plug for $13.99 at Amazon (normally $16.99).
  • Amazon Echo Show 8 smart display + Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) smart speaker for $79.99 at Amazon (normally $129.99).
  • Amazon Echo Show 5 smart display for $59.99 at Amazon (normally $89.99).
  • Amazon Echo Plus (2nd gen) smart speaker + Philips Hue smart bulb for $99.99 at Amazon (normally $149.99).
  • Google Home Mini (2-pack) smart speaker for $45 at Walmart (normally $59.99).
  • Google Nest Hub smart display + Google Nest Mini smart speaker for $79 at Best Buy and Target (normally $129.99).
  • iRobot Roomba 675 robot vacuum for $199.99 at Amazon (clip $50 coupon – normally $269.99).
  • Eufy RoboVac 30 robot vacuum for $199.99 at Amazon (clip $70 coupon – normally $269.99).
  • Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Hub smart garage door opener for $28.90 at Amazon (normally $44.99).

The iRobot Roomba 675 robot vacuum.

Enlarge / The iRobot Roomba 675 robot vacuum.
iRobot

Accessories and miscellaneous deals

  • Instant Pot Ultra 6qt 10-in-1 electric pressure cooker for $84.99 at Walmart (normally $109.99).
  • Anker PowerPort III Nano USB-C wall charger -18W for $15.99 at Amazon (clip 20% coupon – normally $19.99).
  • Anker Roav SmartCharge F0 Bluetooth car transmitter and charger – 2x USB-A, Bluetooth 4.2 for $11.70 at Amazon (clip 10% coupon – normally $16.99).
  • Anker PowerLine (10ft) USB-A to Lightning cable – MFi certified for $10.19 at Amazon (normally $11.99).
  • Anker PowerLine II (3ft) USB-C to Lightning cable – MFi certified for $11.99 at Amazon (normally $15.99).
  • RavPower RP-PC058 10W Qi wireless charger for $18.99 at Amazon (clip $8 coupon – normally $26.99).
  • Aukey CB-C64 USB-C hub – 4x USB 3.1 Gen 1 for $11.99 at Amazon (normally $14.99).
  • Apple Magic Keyboard wireless keyboard for $99 at Amazon (normally $112).
  • Logitech Crayon stylus for iPad for $49.99 at Amazon (normally $59.99).
  • New users only: Amazon Music Unlimited 4-month membership for $0.99 at Amazon (normally $39.96).
  • New users only: Amazon Audible 3-month membership for $6.95/month at Amazon (normally $14.95/month).

Guidemaster: Nine gift ideas for the tech enthusiast in your life

Everyone has someone in their life who demands the latest and greatest. This is the tech we think qualifies.

Enlarge / Everyone has someone in their life who demands the latest and greatest. This is the tech we think qualifies.
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The last installment in our five-part holiday gift guide series this year is tailored for power users—those who know their way around technology and feel uneasy settling for gear that doesn’t provide high performance.

The nine gadgets we’ve rounded up below may be overkill for most of the people in your life, but they should satisfy those who consider themselves enthusiasts in some way. Per usual, we’ve curated these recommendations based on hands-on testing we’ve done over the course of 2019. If none of these items fit your shopping list’s needs, though, take a look at our previous gift guides for the home, the office, the road, and affordable gadgets for additional inspiration. For now, though, let’s indulge a little in the latest and greatest tech.

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Razer Viper

The Razer Viper.

Enlarge / The Razer Viper.
Jeff Dunn

The Razer Viper is marketed as a competitive gaming mouse, and it works well for that purpose. But it’s excellent for everyday use as well. The main draw here is lightness: at just 69 grams, the Viper is a breeze to slide around. It has a flatter shape and might appeal more to “claw” grippers than its peers, but it’s contoured gently on the top and sides, with a slightly flared-out bottom that gives room for your palm to rest. Everyone has their preferences when it comes to mice design, but something this light and uncomplicated should present little fatigue over the course of the day.

Beyond that, the Viper’s RGB lighting is limited to subtle changes on the Razer logo, so it doesn’t come off as gaudy the way other gaming mice do. The main right and left buttons feel quick and crisp, due in part to an optical switch design that makes double-clicks rare. They should also keep the Viper more durable over time. (For what it’s worth, we’ve tested the mouse for four months and have encountered no reliability issues thus far.) The scroll wheel is a bit on the slower side but still comes off smooth. The optical sensor has up to a 16,000 DPI resolution, which is overkill, but it tracks smoothly and consistently across surfaces all the same. Razer’s companion software is far from required to get the Viper working, but it’s unobtrusive enough, and it can be used to fine tune DPI presets and adjust more granular settings like lift sensitivity. The cable is exceedingly light and flexible. And the whole design is ambidextrous, so lefties aren’t left out in the dark.

There are things to nitpick about the Viper. The side buttons are consistent but sit fairly flush against the side of the mouse. The hard rubberized texture on those sides isn’t quite as grippy as it could be. And while we like the DPI adjustment button being on the bottom of the device, since it makes accidental presses less likely, others may prefer it being more readily accessible on top. It’s not the cheapest mouse, either. But as a gift, the Viper is highly comfortable and performant for power users of all kinds.

Razer Viper product image

Razer Viper

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SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD

SanDisk's Extreme Portable SSD.

Enlarge / SanDisk’s Extreme Portable SSD.
SanDisk

While there are plenty of storage solutions for your home or office data, SanDisk’s Extreme Portable SSD is a good option for data you need with you wherever you go. The surprisingly small, portable SSD is IP55-rated, so it will withstand water and dust, as well as shock and vibrations. It can even be dropped from up to two meters without suffering any damage.

That’s impressive for an SSD that can fit comfortably into the palm of your hand. While it has one USB-C port on it, it comes with both USB-C and USB-A cables so it can be connected to almost any PC. All of this combined makes it one of the easiest SSDs to travel with, and one of the most convenient to use for most people.

Available in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB options, the SanDisk Extreme SSD is also one of the fastest portable storage solutions that we’ve tested. It’s similar to Samsung’s T5 SSD in data read and write speeds, making it one of the fastest you can get that also has a truly portable (and durable) design. Samsung’s T5 SSD is more affordable, but SanDisk’s Extreme SSD is better for power users because it has that extra layer of protection in its design along with the same ease of use as Samsung’s device.

SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD (1TB) product image

SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD (1TB)

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Dealmaster: Nintendo’s Switch Pro Controller is down to $55 today

Dealmaster: Nintendo’s Switch Pro Controller is down to $55 today

Ars Technica

Today, the Dealmaster’s tech discount roundup is headlined by a deal on the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, which is currently down to $55. While this isn’t the absolute lowest we’ve seen Nintendo’s ergonomically friendly gamepad fall, it is the cheapest we’ve seen it in some time, as drops below $60 have been infrequent over the past year. The controller normally retails closer to its $70 MSRP. For reference, it only fell to $62 on Black Friday.

The Pro Controller itself is worth it if you frequently use the Switch docked to a TV. As we note in our guide to the best Nintendo Switch accessories, it’s much more akin to an Xbox One controller than the Switch’s default Joy-Cons, whose tiny buttons and joysticks can become uncomfortable over time. The Switch Pro pad should present no such issues—its face buttons and triggers are sized more appropriately for adult hands, its joysticks are tight and responsive, its textured handles give plenty of room to grip, and it has an actual d-pad. Its battery lasts around 40 hours on a charge, which is excellent, and it can pair with a gaming PC over Bluetooth. The only big downsides are that getting it to work with those PCs can require a little extra setup and that there’s no headphone jack for hooking up a headset. Still, it’s a massive upgrade for those who get lots of mileage out of Nintendo’s console.

If you have no need for a better Switch gamepad, though, we also have a variety of deals on Switch console bundles, the latest Apple iPad, a deal that pairs an Echo Dot with a month of Amazon’s Music Unlimited service for $1 extra, sales on various Anker accessories, a discount on Ars-approved board game Azul, and more. Check them all out in the full list below.

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Top 10 deals of the day

The Apple Mac mini.

Enlarge / The Apple Mac mini.

Laptop and desktop PC deals

  • Apple Mac Mini (late 2018) desktop – Intel Core i3-8100B, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD for $679 at B&H (normally $799).
  • Apple iMac with Retina 5K Display (early 2019) all-in-one – 3.0GHz Intel Core i5-8500, 27-inch 5120×2880 IPS, 8GB RAM, 1TB Fusion, Radeon Pro 570X 4GB for $1,549 at B&H (available in 7-14 days – normally $1,799).
  • Lenovo ThinkPad T490 laptop – Intel Core i5-8265U, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $749 at Lenovo (normally $999).
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (7th gen) laptop – Intel Core i5-8265U, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $999 at Lenovo (normally $1,399).
  • Lenovo ThinkBook 13s laptop – Intel Core i5-8265U, 13.3-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $499 at Lenovo (normally $799).
  • Dell XPS Special Edition desktop – Intel Core i7-9700, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD + 2TB HDD, GeForce RTX 2060 for $1,199.99 at Dell (normally $1,599.99).
  • HP Spectre x360 13t laptop – Intel Core i5-8265U, 13.3-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $729.99 at HP (normally $899.99).
  • Asus Chromebook C425 laptop – Intel Core m3-8100Y, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 64GB eMMC for $329 at Amazon (normally $389).
  • Razer Blade 15 gaming laptop – Intel Core i7-9750H, 15.6-inch 1080p 144Hz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, GeForce RTX 2060 for $1,799.99 at Amazon (normally $1,999.99).
  • 27-inch Samsung CHG70 gaming monitor – 1440p, VA, 144Hz, FreeSync for $398.46 at Amazon (normally $439.99).
  • 24-inch Dell S2417DG gaming monitor – 1440p, TN, 165Hz, G-Sync for $249.99 at Best Buy (normally $319.99).

Video game deals

<em>Azul</em> in play—a two-player game in progress.

Enlarge / Azul in play—a two-player game in progress.

Gaming deals

TV and home entertainment deals

Samsung's T5 portable SSD.

Enlarge / Samsung’s T5 portable SSD.
Valentina Palladino

Electronics deals

Audio deals

Sony's WH-1000XM3 noise-cancelling headphones.

Enlarge / Sony’s WH-1000XM3 noise-cancelling headphones.
Jeff Dunn

Smart home deals

  • Amazon Echo Dot + Amazon Music Unlimited 1-month membership for $10.98 at Amazon ($8.98 for Prime members, requires auto-renewal – normally $48.98).
  • Ring Video Doorbell 2 + Echo Show 5 for $139 at Amazon (normally $288.99).
  • Amazon Echo Show 8 smart display + Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) smart speaker for $79.99 at Amazon (normally $129.99).
  • Amazon Echo Show 5 smart display for $59.99 at Amazon (normally $89.99).
  • Google Nest Hub smart display + Google Nest Mini smart speaker for $79 at Best Buy and Target (normally $129.99).
  • TP-Link Kasa HS300 smart Wi-Fi power strip – 6-outlet for $59.49 at Amazon (normally $69.99).
  • TP-Link Kasa HS100 smart plug for $13.99 at Amazon (normally $16.99).
  • Ring Alarm (8-piece) home security system for $169 at Amazon (normally $239).
  • iRobot Roomba 675 robot vacuum for $229.99 at Amazon (normally $269.99).
  • Eufy RoboVac 30 robot vacuum for $199.99 at Amazon (clip $70 coupon – normally $269.99).
  • Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Hub smart garage door opener for $29.98 at Amazon (normally $44.99).

Accessories and miscellaneous deals

  • Instant Pot Ultra 6qt 10-in-1 electric pressure cooker for $84.99 at Walmart (normally $109.99).
  • Aukey PB-Y13 portable battery – 10,000mAh, 37Wh, 18W USB-C PD for $20.99 at Amazon (clip $9 coupon – normally $29.99).
  • Anker PowerWave Stand wireless charging stand – 10W Galaxy, 7.5W iPhone for $14.99 at Amazon (normally $19.99).
  • RavPower RP-PC058 10W Qi wireless charger for $18.99 at Amazon (clip $8 coupon – normally $26.99).
  • Aukey CB-C64 USB-C hub – 4x USB 3.1 Gen 1 for $11.99 at Amazon (normally $14.99).
  • Apple Magic Keyboard wireless keyboard for $99 at Amazon (normally $112).
  • Logitech Crayon stylus for iPad for $49.99 at Amazon (normally $59.99).
  • Twelve South Bookarc vertical MacBook stand for $46.49 at Amazon (normally $59.99).
  • New users only: Amazon Music Unlimited 4-month membership for $0.99 at Amazon (normally $39.96).
  • New users only: Amazon Audible 3-month membership for $6.95/month at Amazon (normally $14.95/month).

Guidemaster: 10 tech gifts to improve the home office

It's not easy to please everyone when it comes to gifting. But trust us, everyone could use a password manager.

Enlarge / It’s not easy to please everyone when it comes to gifting. But trust us, everyone could use a password manager.
Tara Moore / Getty Images

So far, our 2019 holiday gift guide series has covered gifts for those on a budget, gifts for frequent travelers, and gifts for the home. Today, we’re turning our attention to the office and general productivity needs.

Below you’ll find another hand-picked batch of recommendations based on a year’s worth of product testing. These are thoughtful yet pragmatic gifts to help improve your friends’ and family’s work spaces through technology. From password managers to keyboards to business-friendly laptops, we know firsthand that each of the products below can make productive time less of a slog.

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1Password

1Password

Most workplaces require you to have more usernames and passwords than you’d like. Instead of clicking that “forgot password” button once a week, 1Password can help organize and store all of your work and personal account credentials. As long as you can remember one password, the program will do the rest of the heavy lifting.

1Password keeps all of your usernames and passwords, along with secure notes, credit card numbers, and other sensitive information of your choosing, in a vault that’s secure using AES-256 bit encryption and a secret key that only you know. It also syncs across all of your devices, allowing you to quickly log in to any of your accounts with just a couple taps or clicks. 1Password also has browser extensions for the most popular browsers so, when you inevitably create a new account somewhere on the web, you can quickly save it to 1Password without thinking twice about it.

Solid security, seamless integration, and ease of use have made 1Password one of my most used programs on a daily basis. It’s sped up my workflow immeasurably, and I spend much less time fumbling with temporary passwords and emailed security codes thanks to it. And at $2.99 per month, it’s one of the most affordable ways you can make your work and personal lives a little bit easier.

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Nekteck 4-port 72W USB Wall Charger

The Nekteck 4-port 72W USB Wall Charger.

Enlarge / The Nekteck 4-port 72W USB Wall Charger.
Jeff Dunn

If your loved one has many devices that often need charging at the same time, the Nekteck 4-port 72W USB Wall Charger should make their day-to-day less of a headache. It’ll keep them in arm’s length of four USB charging ports, including a 60W USB-C Power Delivery (PD) port that’s capable of refilling nearly all recent smartphones and many Ultrabooks and MacBooks (15-inch MacBook Pro notwithstanding) at maximum speeds. Nekteck includes a three-foot USB-C to USB-C cable in the box, and there are three 12W USB-A ports alongside the PD port that can charge other accessories at a more traditional rate. (Just note that the whole thing can only output 72W total at a time, so you won’t get the full 12W out of each USB-A port if more than one is in use simultaneously.)

The charger connects via an AC outlet, but at 3.14×3.74×1.97 inches, the station itself won’t chew up a ton of room on a desk. It’s also been certified by the USB Implementers Forum—a body headed by Apple, Intel, and other tech giants that looks over the USB spec—so you can be confident that it won’t fry anyone’s devices over time. Plus, at $30, it’s good value for the amount of power it packs.

Nekteck 4-port 72W USB Wall Charger product image

Nekteck 4-port 72W USB Wall Charger

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Logitech Craft

The Logitech Craft keyboard.

Enlarge / The Logitech Craft keyboard.
Valentina Palladino

A good wireless keyboard can be hard to find, but Logitech’s Craft is one of the more luxurious ones that stands out. Primarily, it’s a solid keyboard that’s relatively quiet and has decent travel, and the experience doesn’t falter even after months of continuous use. It also has a great battery life—it charges via USB-C and will last weeks on a single charge, even when used every day for hours at a time. It conveniently connect to your PC via Bluetooth or the included universal USB receiver as well.

A peculiar perk is the dial that sits at the Craft’s top-left corner. It can be programmed using Logitech options (along with other mappable keys) to do different things like adjust volume, switch tabs, and edit a photo’s contrast and brightness, and more depending on the program you’re currently using. That makes it a natural pick for creatives who will find the dial’s precision better than that of a trackpad or a mouse, but it’s also just a convenient tool for regular users as well.

Logitech Craft product image

Logitech Craft

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Dealmaster: Get $30 in Amazon credit when you buy a new Nintendo Switch

Dealmaster: Get $30 in Amazon credit when you buy a new Nintendo Switch

Valentina Palladino

Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back today with more holiday deals to share. Of note are a few deals on the newest model of the Nintendo Switch. Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart all have Nintendo Switch deals right now that include up to $30 in gift cards or promotional credit when purchasing the console at its regular price of $299.

At Amazon, you can get the Nintendo Switch plus a $30 promotional credit (to be issued within one week of the console shipping) for $299. Best Buy has a similar offer, including a $30 Best Buy e-gift card with the purchase of a Nintendo Switch for $299. Walmart’s deal includes the Nintendo Switch, $20 Nintendo eShop credit, and a carrying case for $299.

Aside from console-and-game bundles, these are the best kinds of deals you can expect on the Nintendo Switch. The console rarely dips below its regular price of $299, so the more additional things you can get in a bundle price, the better. Retailers typically include games, accessories, and credit in such bundles, and we saw similar deals on the Nintendo Switch during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It’s likely that these deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart will be the best deals on the Nintendo Switch that we’ll see between now and the end of 2019.

The Nintendo Switch has been one of the most popular holiday gifts since it came out a couple of years ago, and it’s worth noting that all of the deals mentioned above are on the newest Nintendo Switch model. This console increases the original model’s battery life to a maximum of 9 hours on a single charge, a welcome improvement from the maximum 6.5 hours of battery life in the original Switch.

If you’re not in the market for a Nintendo Switch, we have numerous other holiday deals on laptops, wireless earbuds, smart TVs, mobile accessories, and more. Check out the full list of deals below.

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Top 10 deals of the day

The Lenovo ThinkBook 13s.

Enlarge / The Lenovo ThinkBook 13s.
Valentina Palladino

Laptop and desktop PC deals

  • Lenovo ThinkPad T490 laptop – Intel Core i5-8265U, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $749 at Lenovo (use code: THINKBF7 – normally $1,022.95).
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (7th gen) laptop – Intel Core i5-8265U, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $999 at Lenovo (use code: THINKBF1 – normally $1,399).
  • Lenovo ThinkBook 13s laptop – Intel Core i5-8265U, 13.3-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $549 at Lenovo (use code: THINKBOOK – normally $799).
  • Dell G3 15 (newest model) gaming laptop – Intel Core i5-9300H, 15.6-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, GeForce GTX 1660Ti for $949 at Dell (normally $1,169).
  • Dell XPS Special Edition desktop – Intel Core i7-9700, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD + 2TB HDD, GeForce RTX 2060 for $1,199.99 at Dell (normally $1,599.99).
  • HP Spectre x360 13t laptop – Intel Core i5-8265U, 13.3-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $729.99 at HP (normally $899.99).
  • HP Envy 17t laptop – Intel Core i5-10210U, 17.3-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD + 16GB Optane Memory, GeForce MX250 for $749.99 at HP (normally $899.99).
  • Asus Chromebook C425 laptop – Intel Core m3-8100Y, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 64GB eMMC for $329 at Amazon (normally $389).
  • Razer Blade 15 gaming laptop – Intel Core i7-9750H, 15.6-inch 1080p 144Hz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, GeForce RTX 2060 for $1,799.99 at Amazon (normally $1,999.99).
  • 27-inch Samsung CHG70 gaming monitor – 1440p, VA, 144Hz, FreeSync for $398.46 at Amazon (normally $439.99).

<em>Borderlands 3</em>.

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2K Games

Video game deals

<em>Overwatch</em> running on the Nintendo Switch.

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Samuel Axon

Gaming deals

TV and home entertainment deals

The OnePlus 7 Pro.

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Ron Amadeo

Electronics deals

The iRobot Roomba 675 robot vacuum.

Enlarge / The iRobot Roomba 675 robot vacuum.
iRobot

Smart home deals

The Logitech Crayon stylus.

Enlarge / The Logitech Crayon stylus.
Logitech

Accessories and miscellaneous deals

Dealmaster: Get holiday sales on Lenovo ThinkPads, board games, and more

Dealmaster: Get holiday sales on Lenovo ThinkPads, board games, and more

Ars Technica

Today’s tech deal roundup brings a number of leftover sales from Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Lenovo, for one, is still running a couple of deals on very good ThinkPad laptops: a configuration of its latest ThinkPad X1 Carbon with an 8th-gen Core i5, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB solid state drive is available for less than $1,000 with the code “THINKBF1,” while a similar config of the more business-oriented ThinkPad T490 is down to $749 with the code “THINKBF7”. We rate the former very highly—just note that its memory is not upgradeable, though it is a lighter and more premium-feeling machine than the latter.

Beyond that, we’re still seeing a number of Cyber Week sales going strong: the Razer DeathAdder Elite, our favorite gaming mouse, is still at a low of $25; a number of Instant Pot models remain on sale; and our favorite noise-cancelling headphones, the Sony WH-1000XM3, are still at their Black Friday discount of $70 off. The Dealmaster has a one-day Amazon sale on board games, a discount on retro NES-style controllers for the Nintendo Switch, deals on recommended microSD cards and portable power banks, and much more. Have a look at the full rundown below.

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Top 10 deals of the day

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon 7th-gen.

Enlarge / The ThinkPad X1 Carbon 7th-gen.
Valentina Palladino

Laptop and desktop PC deals

  • Lenovo ThinkPad T490 laptop – Intel Core i5-8265U, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $749 at Lenovo (use code: THINKBF7 – normally $1,022.95).
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (7th gen) laptop – Intel Core i5-8265U, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $999 at Lenovo (use code: THINKBF1 – normally $1,399).
  • Asus Chromebook C425 laptop – Intel Core m3-8100Y, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 64GB eMMC for $329 at Amazon (normally $389).
  • HP Spectre x360 13t laptop – Intel Core i5-8265U, 13.3-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $709.99 at HP (normally $899.99).
  • Razer Blade 15 gaming laptop – Intel Core i7-9750H, 15.6-inch 1080p 144Hz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, GeForce RTX 2060 for $1,799.99 at Amazon (normally $1,999.99).
  • 27-inch Dell UltraSharp U2717D monitor – 1440p, IPS, 60Hz for $229.95 at B&H (normally $299.99).
  • 27-inch Samsung CHG70 gaming monitor – 1440p, VA, 144Hz, FreeSync for $398.46 at Amazon (normally $439.99).
  • 32-inch Samsung CHG70 gaming monitor – 1440p, VA, 144Hz, FreeSync for $449.99 at Amazon (normally $499.99).

How art deco is the world of <em>Outer Worlds</em>? Well, check out those mansard roofs.

Enlarge / How art deco is the world of Outer Worlds? Well, check out those mansard roofs.
Obsidian Entertainment

Video game deals

The Sega Genesis Mini.

Enlarge / The Sega Genesis Mini.
Sam Machkovech

Gaming deals

TV and home entertainment deals

The OnePlus 7 Pro. With a front that is nearly all pixels, there isn't much you can do to improve smartphone design from here.

Enlarge / The OnePlus 7 Pro. With a front that is nearly all pixels, there isn’t much you can do to improve smartphone design from here.
Ron Amadeo

Electronics deals

The iRobot Roomba 675 robot vacuum.

Enlarge / The iRobot Roomba 675 robot vacuum.
iRobot

Smart home deals

Aukey's PB-Y13 portable power bank.

Enlarge / Aukey’s PB-Y13 portable power bank.

Accessories and miscellaneous deals

  • Instant Pot Duo 60 (6qt) 7-in-1 electric pressure cooker for $49 at Walmart and Amazon (normally $79.99).
  • Instant Pot Duo 60 Plus (6qt) 9-in-1 electric pressure cooker for $64.99 at Amazon (normally $119.95).
  • New users only: Amazon Music Unlimited 4-month membership for $0.99 at Amazon (normally $39.96).
  • New users only: Amazon Audible 3-month membership for $6.95/month at Amazon (normally $14.95/month).
  • Anker PowerLine II (6ft) USB-A to Lightning cable – MFi certified for $10.99 at Amazon (normally $12.99).
  • RavPower RP-PC058 10W Qi wireless charger for $18.99 at Amazon (clip $8 coupon – normally $26.99).
  • Anker PowerPort PD 2 USB-C wall charger – 30W total, 18W USB-C PD for $17.99 at Amazon (normally $22.99).
  • Aukey PB-Y13 portable battery – 10,000mAh, 18W USB-C PD, USB-A for $20.99 at Amazon (clip $9 coupon – normally $29.99).
  • Apple Magic Keyboard wireless keyboard for $99 at Amazon (normally $112).
  • Apple Leather Case for iPhone 11 Pro for $30 at Amazon (normally $49).
  • Logitech Crayon stylus for iPad for $49.99 at Amazon (normally $59.99).
  • Twelve South Bookarc vertical MacBook stand for $46.49 at Amazon (normally $59.99).

Guidemaster: The best tech that will make your home an even better place

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iRobot

We could all use a little more help around our home, and luckily now there’s a lot of tech that can lend a hand. There are a plethora of smart home devices that can do everything from lock your doors, vacuum your carpets, or keep a watchful eye over your possessions while you’re away.

Wading through the ocean of smart home tech isn’t easy—and, admittedly, much of the smart home space is not worth your time or your money. However, we’ve tried (and personally purchased) many home tech devices that actually do deliver on what they promise. These items make keeping your home how you like it much easier.

Not all of the home tech we recommend falls into the large and nebulous category of “the Internet of Things,” either—some are kitchen appliances, home speakers, gaming accessories, and other devices that most people primarily use in the home in order to make that space feel more like our own. Some after a lot of lived-in testing time, here’s all of the home tech that we think would make great gifts this holiday season.

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Philips Hue lights

Philips Hue color smart light bulbs.

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Philips

One of the easiest ways to start making your home smarter is with smart light bulbs and Philips’ Hue line are a good option. First, you can get white or color bulbs—while most will be happy with plain, ol’ white, color bulbs can be fun if you want to add personality to a room with color-changing light scenes.

Second, all Hue bulbs connect to a bridge that comes with most Hue starter packs. The bridge helps the lights communicate with each other and with your home Wi-Fi, which is how you control them. Using the Hue mobile app, you can turn on and off individual lights or entire rooms lights, dim them to your liking, and set schedules. You can have all the lights in your home come on before you arrive home from work, so you’re not walking into a dark house.

Third, Hue light bulbs connect to a bunch of other smart home systems like Works with Alexa, IFTTT, Apple HomeKit, the Google Assistant, and more. That means you can control your lights using voice commands or other smart commands that you customize. Not only are Hue lights an easy and affordable way to get into smart home tech, but they also make the lights in your home even more convenient to control on a regular basis.

Philips Hue White and Color starter set product image

Philips Hue White and Color starter set

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Zojirushi rice cooker

Zojirushi rice cooker.

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Zojirushi

I make a lot of rice and I’ve gone through at least two rice cookers in the process. After my last $25 rice cooker broke on me, I decided to invest in the Zojirushi NS-TSC10 Micom rice cooker and—this is not hyperbole—it’s changed my cooking life. Gone are the days of burnt or undercooked rice as Zojirushi’s magical machine has propelled me into a world where all kinds of rice are cooked to perfection every single time.

I attribute this to actually reading the directions that come with the rice cooker. If you do this and follow the instructions, washing the rice before cooking and using the proper settings on the cooker itself, everything made in this machine will be tasty. In addition to rice, Zojirushi’s machine comes with a steaming basket for steaming vegetables and other foods, and it even has a cake setting.

But the machine truly shines make rice. You don’t have to guess how much water to include as the interior pot has indicators for that, and you don’t have to guess cooking times either. The machine senses how much rice and water you put into the pot and automatically sets the cooking time. All you have to do is wait for it to play a cute little jingle as soon as your rice is done and then experience rice heaven. I’ll never go back to a cheap rice cooker again, and I implore anyone who eats a lot of rice to consider a Zojirushi machine.

Zojirushi NS-TSC10 rice cooker product image

Zojirushi NS-TSC10 rice cooker

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Dealmaster: The best Cyber Monday 2019 tech deals under $50

The Sega Genesis Mini.

Enlarge / The Sega Genesis Mini.

Greetings, Arsians! Today is Cyber Monday, and while the Dealmaster has a giant roundup of every worthwhile tech deal he can find, we understand that not everyone is looking for a big-ticket item. For those who only need to buy a smaller-scale gift or two, we’ve rounded up a few good Cyber Monday tech deals priced below $50.

Some of the highlights here include discounted media streamers: Amazon’s Fire TV Stick 4K is down to $25, its joint-lowest price to date, while Roku’s Streaming Stick+ is $20 off at $30. Our favorite wired gaming mouse (which still works well for non-gaming), the Razer DeathAdder Elite, is priced at an all-time low of $25, while one of our favorite portable USB-C power banks, the Aukey PB-Y13, is available for $21. Naturally, there are a metric ton of video game deals, but board games we like such as Catan and Pandemic are also at lower-than-usual prices for Cyber Monday.

If none of that appeals to you, there are also deals on Instant Pots, smart speakers, wireless chargers, microSD cards, and plenty more beyond that. Have a look at the full list below and see if anything works as a potential stocking stuffer (or just a cheap treat for yourself).

Note: Ars Technica may earn compensation for sales from links on this post through affiliate programs.

Top 10 Cyber Monday deals under $50

Amazon device deals

The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K.

Enlarge / The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K.
Jeff Dunn

Gaming deals

Board game deals

  • Catan board game for $24.99 at Walmart (normally $39.99).
  • 7 Wonders board game for $24.99 at Walmart (normally $34.99).
  • Pandemic board game for $21.49 at Walmart (normally $29.99).
  • Ticket to Ride – Europe board game for $26.99 at Walmart (normally $39.99).

<em>Ticket to Ride: Europe</em> is a fun starting point for those seeking to dip their toes into board games.

Enlarge / Ticket to Ride: Europe is a fun starting point for those seeking to dip their toes into board games.
Ars Technica

Video game deals

SanDisk's microSD Card for Nintendo Switch is a speedy microSD card for your smartphone, GoPro, or, well, Nintendo Switch.

Enlarge / SanDisk’s microSD Card for Nintendo Switch is a speedy microSD card for your smartphone, GoPro, or, well, Nintendo Switch.
Jeff Dunn

Electronics deals

Accessories and miscellaneous deals

  • Instant Pot Duo 60 (6qt) 7-in-1 electric pressure cooker for $49 at Walmart and Amazon (normally $79.99).
  • New users only: Amazon Music Unlimited 4-month membership for $0.99 at Amazon (normally $39.96).
  • Amazon Kindle Unlimited 6-month membership for $29.97 at Amazon (normally $59.94).
  • New users only: Amazon Audible 3-month membership for $6.95/month at Amazon (normally $14.95/month).
  • RavPower RP-PC058 10W Qi wireless charger for $18.99 at Amazon (clip $8 coupon – normally $26.99).
  • Anker PowerWave Pad 10W Qi wireless charger – no AC adapter for $8.49 at Amazon (normally $13.99).
  • Anker PowerPort PD 2 USB-C wall charger – 30W total, 18W USB-C PD for $17.99 at Amazon (normally $22.99).
  • Anker PowerLine II (6ft) USB-C to USB-C 2.0 cable – USB-IF certified for $6.99 at Amazon (use code: ANKERCC4 – normally $12.99).
  • Aukey PB-Y13 portable battery – 10000mAh, 18W USB-C PD, USB-A for $20.49 at Amazon (clip 5% coupon – normally $29.99).
  • Logitech Crayon stylus for iPad for $49.99 at Amazon (normally $59.99).
  • Twelve South Bookarc vertical MacBook stand for $46.49 at Amazon (normally $59.99).

Dealmaster: All of the laptops worth buying during Cyber Monday 2019

Dealmaster: All of the laptops worth buying during Cyber Monday 2019

Valentina Palladino

Electronics sales are plentiful during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, so this is one of the best times of the year to buy a new laptop. To help you make an informed decision while removing the need to wade through the sea of deals, the Dealmaster is back with all of the worthwhile laptop deals you can buy right now for Cyber Monday.

Of note from our list are a few deals on some of our favorite laptops, like the 7th-gen Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon. Now you can get Lenovo’s premium workstation with an 8th-gen Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and a 14-inch 1080p display for $999. This slashes $400 off the laptop’s regular price, and in general, it’s always worth waiting for the rare sales that bring the price of the X1 Carbon down to $1,000 or less. This is the newest version of the X1 Carbon, but you’ll have to settle for an 8th-gen Intel processor rather than the newest 10th-gen processors (you can get the X1 Carbon with those, but you’ll have to pay more).

HP has a good deal on the Envy x360 15t—a model with a 10th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, a 15.6-inch FHD touchscreen, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and 16GB of Optane memory is now just $649. The Envy 13 laptop impressed us by being an affordable alternative to the Spectre series of laptops, and this deal is for the 15-inch convertible version. It’s a laptop that’s arguably as sleek as its Spectre counterpart and nearly as powerful, and this Cyber Monday price makes it even more of a no-brainer purchase.

There are also a number of Chromebooks on sale today, including our current favorite: the Asus Chromebook Clip C434 with a Core m3 processor, an FHD touchscreen, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage is now $469. Not only is this one of the best designed Chromebooks you can buy, but it’s also a fairly powerful machine for the price. You can find plenty of Chromebooks for under $400 (some good ones are even more affordable today with Cyber Monday sales), but we recommend the Asus Chromebook Flip for anyone who plans to push the machine to its limits in terms of Web browsing, app usage, multitasking, and more. We also appreciate that it has a good battery life (roughly an average of 11.25 hours in our testing), a microSD card for expanded storage, and a handy convertible design.

Those are just a few of the laptops on sale today. Check out the full list of Cyber Monday laptop deals below.

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Laptop deals

  • Asus Chromebook Flip C434 laptop – Intel Core m3-8100Y, 14-inch 1080p touch, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC for $469 at Amazon (normally $569.99).
  • HP Envy x360 15t laptop – Core i7-10510U, 15.6-inch 1080p touch, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD + 16GB Optane memory for $599.99 at HP (normally $1,049.99).
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (7th gen) laptop – Intel Core i5-8265U, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $999 at Lenovo (use code: THINKBF1 – normally $1,399).
  • HP Spectre x360 13t laptop – Core i5-8265U, 13.3-inch 1080p touch, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $699.99 at HP (normally $1,149.99).
  • Lenovo Thinkbook 14s laptop – Intel Core i7-8565U, 14-inch 1080p, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD for $799 at Lenovo (use code: THINKCYBER3 – normally $1,679).
  • Acer Chromebook 15 laptop – Intel Celeron N3350, 15.6-inch 1080p touch, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC for $269.99 at Amazon (normally $349.99).
  • Acer Chromebook Spin 11 laptop – Intel Celeron N3350, 11-inch 768p touch, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC for $219 at Best Buy (normally $329).
  • Asus Zenbook 14 laptop – Intel Core i7-8565U, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD for $769.99 at Amazon (normally $899.99).
  • Asus Chromebook C425 laptop – Intel Core m3-8100Y, 14-inch 1080p, 4GB RAM, 128GB eMMC for $279 at Walmart (normally $449).
  • Dell XPS 13 laptop (old model) – Intel Core i5-8265U, 13.3-inch 1080p touch, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $849.99 at Dell (normally $1,299.99).
  • Dell Alienware m15 gaming laptop – Intel Core i7-9750H, 15.6-inch 1080p 144Hz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, GeForce GTX 1660Ti for $1,299.99 at Dell (normally $1,749.99).
  • NEW Dell Inspiron 15 3000 laptop – AMD Ryzen 5 2500U, 15.6-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $399.99 at Dell (normally $579.99).
  • Dell Inspiron 17 3000 laptop – Intel AMD Ryzen 5 2500U, 17.3-inch 900p, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD for $429.99 at Dell (normally $609.99).
  • Dell Inspiron 14 5000 (newest model) laptop – Intel Core i5-10210U, 14-inch 1080p touch, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $599.99 at Dell (normally $749.99).
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (4th gen) laptop – Intel Core i7-8665U w/ vPro, 14-inch 2160p touch HDR400, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD for $1,699 at Lenovo (use code: THINKCYBER7 – normally $3,809).
  • Lenovo ThinkPad E490s laptop – Intel Core i5-8265U, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $649 at Lenovo (use code: THINKGIVE8 – normally $849.99).
  • Lenovo ThinkPad T490 laptop – Intel Core i5-8265U, 14-inch 768p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $749 at Lenovo (normally $1,022.95).
  • NEW HP 15t laptop – Intel Core i7-8565U, 15.6-inch 768p, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD for $429.99 at HP (normally $839.99).
  • HP Omen 15t gaming laptop – Intel Core i5-9300H, 15.6-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, GeForce GTX 1650 for $699.99 at HP (normally $999.99).
  • HP Chromebook 14 laptop – AMD A4-9120C APU, 14-inch 768p, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC for $179.99 at HP (normally $269.99).
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 7 (newest model) laptop – Intel Core i3, 12.3-inch 1824p, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD w/ Black Type Cover for $599 at Best Buy (normally $959).
  • MSI GL65 9SC-002 gaming laptop – Intel Core i5-9300H, 15.6-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, GeForce GTX 1650 for $699 at Walmart (normally $899.99).
  • Razer Blade 15 gaming laptop – Intel Core i7-9750H, 15.6-inch 1080p 144Hz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, GeForce RTX 2060 for $1,799.99 at Amazon (normally $1,999.99).
  • Razer Blade Stealth gaming laptop – Intel Core i7-8565U, 13.3 inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $999.99 at Amazon (normally $1,099.99).
  • Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 laptop – Intel Celeron, 12.2-inch 1200p, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC for $299 at Best Buy (normally $449.99).
  • Samsung Chromebook 3 laptop – Intel Celeron N3060, 11.6-inch 768p, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC for $176.99 at Amazon (normally $239.99).

Dealmaster: All the best Cyber Monday 2019 tech deals happening right now

Dealmaster: All the best Cyber Monday 2019 tech deals happening right now

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with a jumbo-sized roundup of hand-picked Cyber Monday tech deals. To be candid, many of the discounts we’re seeing on Black Friday’s sister holiday are similar to what we saw last week. We do have some new offers worth noting, including new Nintendo Switch bundles, a Sonos speaker sale, monitor deals, and more. Still, for online tech deals, Cyber Monday is primarily a good opportunity to capitalize on the discounts you may not have checked out on Black Friday.

Not that this is a bad thing. Even after sorting through all the junk on offer, we’ve still got a boatload of worthwhile deals that cover just about every type of tech gadget. As we did with our Black Friday deals list, we’ve highlighted a few deals we particularly like ahead of our full rundown. You can see it all below.

(P.S. Because the Dealmaster is a company guy, he’ll note that Ars has its own Cyber Monday sale: New Ars Pro++ subscribers can get discounts on a YubiKey 5c or YubiKey 5 NFC device.)

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Dealmaster: All the Apple devices worth buying at Black Friday prices

2019 iPad

Enlarge / The 2019, seventh-generation iPad with a 10.2-inch display. (credit: Samuel Axon)

Apple devices are constantly in high demand, and they rarely go on sale. But for Black Friday 2019, a number of retailers have sales and discounts on some of the most popular Apple products.

Let’s start with Apple’s wireless earbuds—AirPods are now $139 at Best Buy, and that includes the standard charging case. These are the second-generation AirPods and the regular charging case; the optional wireless charging case is available separately at its regular price of $79. AirPods were down to $129 a few hours ago, but that deal appears to have expired. Regardless, this AirPods bundle gives you the essentials at a good sale price.

The new AirPods Pro are also on sale today—now you can get the new and improved earbuds for $234.98, which is about $15 off their regular price of $250. These are in-ear version of the original AirPods, which could make them more comfortable for those that found the shape of AirPods less than ideal. AirPods Pro use the same H1 chip found in second-gen AirPods to pair with Apple devices, but they have active noise cancellation and “transparency mode,” features that the original AirPods do not have. The former mode blocks out ambient noise, while the latter mode lets in some external sound so it’s easier to hear others around you.

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Dealmaster: All the best Black Friday 2019 tech deals we can find

Dealmaster: All the best Black Friday 2019 tech deals we can find

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of discounts to share—and, well, it’s the big one. While the holiday sales have been steadily trickling out over the past few weeks, it’s now Black Friday, which means the floodgates are officially open for tech deals across the Web.

Now, as is often the case with major shopping events like this, the majority of the offers retailers are pushing don’t totally hold up. Sometimes the prices aren’t much lower than you’ll see at other points in the year, other times the products aren’t worth buying in the first place. (If there’s a product you’re interested in but don’t see below, we recommend using a price-tracking site to ensure you’re not overpaying.) But with lots of consumer tech, Black Friday and Cyber Monday often do result in the lowest prices of the year. With that in mind, the Dealmaster has been burning the midnight oil to find the Black Friday tech deals that are most worth considering. You can find the fruits of his labor below.

There are simply too many notable deals going on now to give a quick recap here, but we’ve called out a few of our favorite offers based on testing the Dealmaster and the rest of the Ars team has done in the past. There’s a truckload of discounts on video games, PC gear, headphones, TVs, streaming devices, and more alongside that. We’ll do our best to update this roundup as deals expire and new ones become available, but for now, let’s try to make your holiday shopping a little less hectic.

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If you’re in the United States, chances are that you’re looking forward to a long weekend with family, friends, food, and football in some order. As we pause for Thanksgiving, we at Ars are thankful for the smartest and most insightful audience on the Internet. (Seriously, we’ve seen the comments at other sites…) To show our appreciation, we’re teaming up with YubiKey once again.

Since launching Ars Pro last year, we’ve seen one request above all from readers and subscribers: a YubiKey two-factor authentication device that supports USB-C. We’ve heard your feedback loud and clear, and today we’re proud to announce that new Ars Pro++ subscribers can choose from either the YubiKey 5c or the YubiKey 5 NFC.

As you might have guessed from the name, the YubiKey 5c plugs into the USB-C ports that are ubiquitous on newer hardware. The $45 YubiKey 5 NFC works with NFC-enabled iOS, Android, and Windows 10 devices, allowing you to authenticate just by tapping the YubiKey against your device. And if your laptop or PC is rocking old-school USB-A ports, the YubiKey 5 NFC will slide right in.

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Dealmaster: Take $70 off Sony’s WH-1000XM3 noise-canceling headphones

Dealmaster: Take $70 off Sony’s WH-1000XM3 noise-canceling headphones

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of early Black Friday deals. Today’s list is highlighted by a deal on Sony’s WH-1000XM3 noise-canceling headphones, which are down below $280 at various retailers. This will be their sale price for the holiday season; normally, they retail for around $350.

We’ve recommended these headphones multiple times in the past year and change. While we wouldn’t be surprised to see Sony release a new model in the coming months, the WH-1000XM3 remain a superb blend of well-cushioned comfort, clean sound, and the most effective active noise-canceling on the market. Their sound profile does skew a bit toward heavier bass, but they’re not sloppy about it, and it’s possible to customize the signature through a companion app. We’d like the ability to customize the strength of the ANC, and we’d prefer physical controls over the touch-based ones here, but if you’ve been searching for a premium pair of noise-canceling headphones, this is a good price for a set we recommend with confidence.

That said, a metric ton of Black Friday deals has gone live ahead of Black Friday proper, including a whole bunch of discounts on PS4 and Xbox One hardware, video games for those systems, Amazon Fire TV streamers and Fire tablets, the latest-gen Apple iPad, and much more. So even if you don’t need a new pair of headphones, have a look through the full roundup below.

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